In the immediate vicinity of Geilo are two of Norway's national parks, namely Hardangervidda and Hallingskarvet National Parks.
The national parks help put their mark on Geilo and the surrounding areas. Here are endless hiking opportunities both in summer and winter. Quiet mountain lakes, rushing rivers, breathtaking views, rich cultural monuments, bustling birdlife and Europe's largest wild reindeer tribe.
Hardangervidda National Park
Hardangervidda stretches over 8600 km2 over Buskerud, Telemark and Hordaland. The plateau is Northern Europe's largest. Hardangervidda invites you to great walks both summer and winter. DNT's well-marked trails take you to seven servants and five unattended tourist cabins in the national park. Traces of human use of nature are prominent in the Hardangervidda, with several old tows and roads, catch plants, settlements, arches and castles.
Hardangervidda is easily accessible from many edges. Highway 7 goes just off the border of the national park and makes it easy to take a short or long trip. Otherwise, Tuva and the Dagali Saddle Valley are good starting points for hikes in the Hardangervidda.
A visit to the Hardangervidda National Park is fantastic, but remember that you do not necessarily have to be within the national park boundary to feel the wit on your body! The whole plateau offers great nature experiences and views.
Facts about Hardangervidda National Park
- Created on April 10, 1981
- The national park itself is about 3422 km2
- The whereabouts of Europe's largest wilderness tribe
- Sand float is the highest peak at 1721 meters above sea level. The characteristic peak Hårteigen is 1690 meters above sea level.